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THE PLASTIC ART                      79
in the interpretation of a song, and which in all probability you hardly realize, as it is hidden below the costume or the ample stage dress.
Miss Myra Wilcoxon, a young dancer and pupil in my class of pantomime, will graciously lend me her flexible anatomy to embody the plastic movements or attitudes corresponding to the text. (See note below.)
Study them, be inspired by them, reproduce them in your imagination so often that you will be able to reproduce any attitude or any movement bodily.
If you are gifted by nature with a harmonious body, your task of sculptor will be very easy.
In the beginning of these lectures I have compared the dramatic artist or the singer of a song, who has to color his words, to give them light and shade, with a pamter. It is quite logical that he must be also a sculptor.
What a powerful sculptor must be the dramatic artist who plays a pantomime!
The French stage knew a mime, Debureau, who was celebrated for the harmonious yet
Note : At the public lectures Miss Myra Wil­coxon exhibited all the plastic movements and attitudes the illustrations of which appear in this book.

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